Botox has grown in popularity over the 21 years it has been on the market, making it one of the most popular methods of reducing frown lines between the eyes and smoothing facial wrinkles. In fact, Botox injections have become the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America.
While most Botox injections are used to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, dental professionals have found other innovative uses for Botox in their practice. Many dentists are now using Botox as an adjunct therapy in TMJ and Bruxism cases. Because Botox is a muscle relaxer, when injected in muscles affected by Temporomandibular joint and facial pain, the intensity of muscle contractions will be significantly reduced. When these muscle contractions are reduced, the pain associated with TMJ or bruxism is significantly reduced.
Botox is also used in orthodontics to retrain muscles during orthodontic therapy or in patients who are new to dentures. Botox therapy can improve the health, appearance, and life of patients in countless ways that go beyond the reduction of wrinkles.